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Consolidated Court & Legal Organization Closures and Procedures During COVID-19

March 16, 2020  


Note: CCLA Staff will be updating this list on an on-going basis but may not always catch updates as they are breaking. Always consult the website of the court or tribunal in question for the most up-to-date information.

Last updated: June 2 @ 1:45 PM.


Ottawa-Specific Notices

Weekly Justice Partners Meeting
(OCJ, SCJ, and Court of Appeal Courthouse senior staff, OBA, LAO, LSO, MAG, FOLA and the Advocates’ Society)




Federal Court of Canada (Twitter: @FedCourt_CAN_en)


Federal Court of Appeal of Canada (Twitter: @FedCourtApp_en)


Federation of Ontario law Associations / FOLA (Twitter: @Ont_Law_Assoc)


Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Tribunal (Twitter: @IRB_Canada)

Law Society of Ontario (Twitter: @LawSocietyLSO


Legal Aid Ontario (Twitter: @LegalAidOntario)


Ministry of the Attorney General (Twitter: @ONAttorneyGen)


Ontario Court of Appeal


Ontario Court of Justice (Twitter: @OntarioOn)


Ontario Labour Relations Board


Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Twitter: @SCJOntario_en)


Pro Bono Ontario (Twitter: @ProBonoOntario)


Reach Canada (Twitter: @reachcanada1)


Supreme Court of Canada (Twitter: @SCC_eng)


Tax Court of Canada


Tribunals Ontario

East Region Courthouses & Law Associations:

  • Brockville - Lanark, Leeds, and Grenville Counties


  • Cornwall
    • May 26: Practice Direction RE: Setting Out-of-Custody Pleas
    • April 30: Practice Direction RE: Setting In-custody matters for plea or bail 
    • April 16: Emergency Combined Court Users’ Management Committee Meeting and Bench and Bar Meeting Via Teleconference
    • This  update regarding the audio remand/remand/bail protocol that was sent out to you all in March and again in April with respect to calling in for audio remand, remand and bail matters in the Cornwall Ontario Court of Justice is now going to be continued until further notice.


      Due to an increased volume of remand and bail matters this week courts will be conducted as follows.  Please ensure to review this email in its entirety – as the teleconference information changes depending on the day of the week and the type of matter being addressed.


      Monday, Wednesday, Friday


      Audio Remands and Bails will proceed as the new “normal”

      • Audio Remands – 9:00 a.m.
      • Bails – Following audio remand list – 9:30 a.m.


      Teleconference information:


      ID – 6914534#


      Tuesday, Thursday


      Audio Remands and Bails – Judge presiding – 9:00 a.m.

      Teleconference Information:


      ID – 6914534#


      Regular Remands/New Bail Matters (accused located at police detachments) – 9:00 a.m.

      Teleconference Information:


      ID – 4374505#


      • Please ensure that you have the right teleconference line and court prior to calling in.  Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the OCJ trial coordinator to confirm.
      • The filing of documents for the court remains the same – anything to be provided to the judge or justice of the peace for bail court should be sent to the trial coordinator.
    • Please be advised that a telephone line has been set up in the cells at the Cornwall courthouse to facilitate private conversations between in-custody accused and counsel, and to facilitate accused interviews with the John Howard Society.

      Counsel, Duty Counsel and/or the JHS can call the following number to speak to their clients in the cells. This applies only to accused persons who have been brought to the Cornwall court in person on the day of the scheduled appearance and is designed to facilitate bail hearings and/or guilty pleas.

      Telephone number – 613-930-4559

      This number will allow for connection to the special constables in the cells and they will then transfer the call to the accused, who will be located in a private room.
    • Cornwall duty counsel office is working remotely and no longer has access to the fax machine.

      Any written communication for duty counsel should be forwarded via email, please.

      For criminal law matters, there is a general mailbox and the address is:

      To reach a specific member of the Cornwall LAO staff, the email addresses are:
      • Chantal Finn-Losier:
      • Amanda Blaise:
      • Suzanne Farag:
      • Cathy Legault:
      • Josée Quesnel:
      • Vicky Tyo:
    • When counsel calls in, the Justice of the Peace will go down the list and deal with any adjournment requests. They will then indicate to counsel who have proceeding bail matters and/or resolution (s.810 matters) in the remand court when they should be calling back.

      Teleconference Line: 1-866-633-0848
      Conference ID: 6914534

      To mute your line so the rest of the participants cannot hear you: *6
      To unmute your line when your matter is being addressed: *7

  • Kingston - Frontenac, Lennox, and Addington Counties


  • Morrisburg & Alexandria
    • Please see below for the teleconference information to call in for your matters that are on the Morrisburg and Alexandria remand/plea list for June 2 & 3, 2020.


      All matters will be addressed at 9:00 a.m. in both courts


      Teleconference Information:



      Teleconference ID – 9709124#


      The presumptive adjournment dates for Morrisburg will be August 4, 2020

      The presumptive adjournment date for Alexandria will be August 5, 2020

  • Pembroke:

      As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 precautions being taken across the province and country, the Renfrew County Law Library will be unstaffed until further notice. Librarians will be available by e-mail ( for remote inquiries, research and the retrieval of case law where available. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.


      Additionally, the main library door has been locked to prevent public access to our unstaffed library during daytime hours. Access to RCLA Members will be by court house access card only. RCLA Members can contact Ian Kuehl, Library Chair, at or Laurie Stoddard, Librarian, at to arrange for a court house access card to be issued (Note: access cards are issued by Courts Administration at their sole discretion). We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause to our out of town colleagues.